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Henrikh Mkhitaryan believes Unai Emery has a ‘different philosophy’ to Arsene Wenger and called for patience as the players transition from one style to another.
The Gunners have lost their first two matches under their new manager, with Emery’s approach against Manchester City and Chelsea being called into question by some observers.
Mkhitaryan got himself on the scoresheet in a 3-2 defeat to Chelsea and has been impressed by Emery’s plans to ‘dominate’ matches and believes he can provide a better ‘balance’ between attack and defence compared to Wenger, who left the Emirates at the end of last season.
And while he accepts Emery’s demands are ‘not easy’, he believes that the style of football will benefit Arsenal in the long run. ‘It’s not too different but there are different things because there is not people playing in the same way or thinking in the same way, the philosophy is different,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘Emery kept the philosophy of Wenger but is building something new on it. He knows he can give something different to this club, like the balance between attack and defence. It’s not easy but I think he’s doing it in the right way.
‘We have to keep working because we have a new manager, a new philosophy and want to play in a different way than before under Wenger. ‘It’s not too easy but we are trying to achieve that and do what the coach is asking from us. He wants to play football and dominate the game and that’s what we’re doing, we’re not just kicking the ball up front. ‘We are trying to play football, our second goal against Chelsea we had 19 consecutive passes and then Alex [Iwobi] finished the attack and we scored. ‘It’s a new philosophy, we have to accept that and work hard to achieve our goals.’